A taste of French flavours
THE Asian Food Channel (AFC), which is part of the Scripps Networks family of lifestyle networks, and BERJAYA University College of Hospitality (BERJAYA UCH) were proud to bring Singapore-based Belgian chef Gunther Hubrechsen to Malaysia for French Flavours with Gunther Hubrechsen.
On Jan 23 and 24, chef Hubrechsen enticed food lovers with an array of delicious French fare in a series of intimate dinners with demonstrations.
Chef Hubrechsen began his professional culinary training in Belgium at the age of 16 at Bruges Culinary Institute Voor Voeding (IVV), Ter Groene Poorte.
After graduating, he worked his way up the ranks in several renowned restaurants, including Le Bouquet and Restaurant Gravin van Buren in Belgium and at three-Michelinstarred restaurant L’Arpège in Paris, where he trained for five years under the mentorship of chef Alain Passard.
In 2002, chef Hubrechsen moved to Singapore where he worked for well-known restaurant group Les Amis.
In 2007, he collaborated with the Garibaldi Group of Restaurants to open his own restaurant, aptly named Gunther’s Restaurant.
Since the restaurant opening, it has won numerous accolades, including being named Asia’s Top 10 Restaurants in 2009/2010 edition of The Miele Guide.
Scripps Networks Interactive, Asia Pacific managing director Derek Chang says, “We are thrilled to be working with BERJAYA UCH to bring chef Gunther Hubrechsen to Malaysia. Chef Gunther is highly regarded within his field and I am confident that he will impress at the events in Malaysia.
“Such events further reinforce AFC’s unique position within the broadcasting industry as a leading food authority in Asia. We look forward to bringing more unique culinary events to our viewers in Malaysia and regionally.”
BERJAYA UCH chief operating officer Mae Ho said, “We are excited to partner with AFC again for this celebrity chef event showcasing the talented chef Gunther Hubrechsen. BERJAYA UCH prides itself in providing dynamic culinary opportunities and experiences to our students and partners.
“We see a great synergy between AFC and BERJAYA UCH and look forward to enjoying more upcoming dining events together.”
The local events were held at Samplings on the Fourteenth, located within the internationally known culinary school, BERJAYA UCH. Students of BERJAYA UCH were fortunate to work with chef Hubrechsen to prepare the dinner, which featured delicious offerings such a Cold Angel Hair Pasta, Sevruga Caviar, crispy egg, pumpkin coulis, Black Truffle Lobster dish served with fresh tomato sauce
BERJAYA UCH prides itself in providing dynamic culinary opportunities and experiences to our students and partners.
and pilaf rice, Grilled Wagyu Beef with sweet corn and a fine Apple Tart “à la dragées” with Vanilla Ice-cream.
Vegetarian options included Tempura of Onion with Fresh Tomato Sauce Gratin of Potato and wild mushroom.
French Flavours with Gunther Hubrechsen follows a series of successful chefs events AFC has held regionally in Asia, featuring worldclass talents such as Anna Olson, Martin Yan, Aaron Craze and most recently, Sean Connolly.
These BERJAYA UCH events engage the services of industry professionals so students gain knowledge from real-life work experiences, which they would not otherwise learn from conventional modes of teaching.
This platform, known as BERJAYA Immersion Methodology, offers an alternative approach to education where theory is applied in a practical setting.
“The knowledge that these industry professionals bring into the classroom cannot be compared to theoretical classes.
“The interactive demonstrations foster active engagement through student participation.
“Our students enjoyed the high levels of engagement through events such as these. The application of theory in a practical setting through the BERJAYA Immersion Methodology offers an alternative approach to education,” Ho adds.
About BERJAYA University College of Hospitality
BERJAYA UCH, Malaysia’s premier university college, officially opened its doors to its inaugural intake of students in January 2009.
It offers programmes related to culinary arts, hospitality, tourism and travel, events and retail management. The city campus, situated in the golden triangle on the 11th and 14th floors of BERJAYA Times Square, is conceptually designed with a five-star hotel ambience, equipped with the most comprehensive and advanced facilities that mirror the real world.
For more details on BERJAYA UCH, visit www.berjaya.edu.my
Students of BERJAYA UCH posing with chef Gunther Hubrechsen.